[sarex] STS-116 MCC Status Report #26
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Fri Dec 22 07:30:21 PST 2006
> SUBMITTED BY ARTHUR N1ORC - AMSAT A/C #31468
> 9 a.m. CST Friday, Dec. 22, 2006
> Mission Control Center, Houston, Texas
> STATUS REPORT: STS-116-26
> STS-116 MCC Status Report #26
> Discovery’s wakeup call said it all. The song was “Home for the
> Holidays,” sung by Perry Como for the crew, requested by the Mission
> Control Center.
> That 6:18 a.m. CST call began a day that the crew and their support
> teams on the ground hope will see Discovery return to Earth after a
> successful flight to the International Space Station. After eight
> docked days and four spacewalks, the shuttle left the station with a
> new truss segment, a new crew member and a reconfigured power system.
> All three U.S. landing sites will be activated today. Kennedy Space
> Center in Florida, the preferred shuttle landing site, will be the
> first opportunity, which would see a landing at 2:56 p.m. On the
> subsequent orbit the focus will be on Edwards Air Force Base, Calif.,
> and KSC. On the orbit after that Edwards and White Sands Space Harbor
> in New Mexico would be the centers of attention.
> Weather at Kennedy and Edwards is questionable. If the crew does not
> don its entry suits for the first Kennedy opportunity, a final landing
> chance of the day at Edwards is available to Discovery. Here are
> predicted CST times.
> Orbit Site Deorbit burn Landing
> 202 Kennedy 1:49 p.m. 2:56 p.m.
> 203 Edwards 3:19 p.m. 4:27 p.m.
> White Sands 3:20 p.m. 4:27 p.m.
> Kennedy 3:26 p.m. 4:32 p.m.
> 204 Edwards 4:54 p.m. 6 p.m.
> White Sands 4:57 p.m. 6:02 p.m.
> 205 Edwards 6:32 p.m. 7:36 p.m.
> A total of seven landing opportunities scattered among the three sites
> are available Saturday if the shuttle is not able to land today.
> For today’s opportunities, Discovery crew members, Commander Mark
> Polansky, Pilot Bill Oefelein, and mission specialists Bob Curbeam,
> Nicholas Patrick, Christer Fuglesang, Joan Higginbotham and Thomas
> Reiter, who is returning home after about six months on the station,
> will begin deorbit preparations at 9:52 a.m. Payload bay door closing
> would be at 11:13 a.m. for the first landing opportunity.
> Aboard the station, Expedition 14 Commander Mike Lopez-Alegria and
> Flight Engineers Mikhail Tyurin and Sunita Williams, the new crew
> member who came up on Discovery, are back to their regular schedule.
> They got their wakeup tone today at midnight CST (6 a.m. in the GMT
> kept aboard the orbiting laboratory) and will begin a sleep period at
> 3:30 p.m.
> The next STS-116 status report will be issued Friday afternoon, or
> earlier if events warrant.
> - end -
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